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Old 30th September 2002, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Lateral Type Mosfets

Why does the Anthony, Variable power amp is suitable only for lateral type mosfets?
What's the diference of this typre of mosfet?
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Old 30th September 2002, 01:55 AM   #2
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Default lateral type mosfets?

Lateral type mosfetshave lower, transconductance, and turn on voltage than Hexfets. There are excellent amplifiers using either type but they do require slightly different driver cicuits and bias voltages.

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Old 30th September 2002, 02:54 AM   #3
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Default Hooray for Hexfets.

Because lateral mosfets e.g . Hexfets are widely used for industrial purposes like power supplies and motor drives and so you can get *REALLY BIG ONES* (mostly N-channel) for reasonable prices.

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The lateral mosfets are those made by hitachi, exicon, semelab, et al, I believe.

The hexfets made by international rectifier are vertical MOS devices, not lateral.
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Default Re: Lateral Type Mosfets

Originally posted by Diogo
Why does the Anthony, Variable power amp is suitable only for lateral type mosfets?
What's the diference of this typre of mosfet?
1 I don't know, maybe he designed the amp a while ago or simply likes these parts (I also like these old goodies)?

2 Normally you can't replace lateral type with vertical ones just like that.

Lateral has lower capacitances (good)

Lateral has lower Vgs turn on voltage, often good

Lateral has postive temperature coefficent at more than 200-300 mA (higher temp-> decreasing current), good thing. You can take advantage of this fact. Vertical types switches the sign at several amperes, not very useful.

Lateral has nearly constant gm, good for distortion figures but bad for output impedance which is rather high.

Lateral has rather high losses, high Rdson

To be short: if you switch from lateral to vertical you must first of all do some redesigning of the bias circuits. You will need approx. -10mV/deg C for the bias circuits.. The additional capacitances can also cause trouble (high freguency oscillations).

Check the Mark Alexander amp for ideas of how you can do the bias circuitry. A simple Vbe-multiplier (one transistor and two resistors) will also do I suppose.

BTW: This amp isn't particular well regarded (here) but I have listened to it and I couldn't find any I disliked.
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